777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2621 times:
"A Tunisair cabin crew member fell to her death when she opened the door of Airbus Airbus A300-605R TS-IPB at Djerba. A steward who also fell from the plane was seriously injured. Possible incomplete depressurization is being investigated."
Very similar to the AA A300-600 incident on November 20th last year, when a male F/A fell from the airplane after he opened the door while it was presurized.
777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2036 times:
No, the is presurized when it lands, despite of the altitude, but is slowly depresurized within (of after) 30 seconds of the landing. In the AA incident, circuit breakers tripped throughout the flight and when it landed, it wasn't depresurized. The captain realized this and didn't deplane. However, a fire warning light came on and he told the F/As to evacuate. An F/A opened door L1, and the door was blown out, along with the F/A.
Strickerje From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1990 times:
The doors on Boeing aircraft and newer Airbus aircraft are built like plugs, so they must be pulled inward slightly before swinging outward. This prevents a door from being opened while the pressure inside the aircraft is higher than the outside pressure. The doors on the older Airbus airplanes do not have this safety feature though; they just swing outward and have a huge latch to hold up to the pressure, so they can be opened while the aircraft is still pressurized. Hope this explains it!
Spitfire From France, joined Feb 2001, 801 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1753 times:
On landing the cabin pressure is maintained to 200 feet BELOW the landing altitude in order to avoid some bumbs of pressure during the flare. Then slowly the outflow valves open completly to unpressurize the airplane (normaly... in this cases it seems something went wrong). On the Airbus A340-A330, there is a light on the door, just below the small window, which tell the cabin crew and/or the ground personal if the a/c is unpressurized (light out).
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LMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1718 times:
On A320 and A310, the types I have flown, the doors are equipped with a light as mentioned above. This however does not prevent the door from being opened. It simply indicates that the cabin is not fully depressurised. Admittedly, I hardly ever look at this light when opening the door. My primary concern has always been to ensure that the slide is disarmed before opening the door. From now on I will try to remember to look at the pressure light while opening the door.
FedExIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1626 times:
At FedEx we fly the A300/A310 and they have told us to never completely close the plane while it's on the ground for fear that it will pressurize. They require that the aft bulk compartment door be left open until the plane is ready to take off. I don't know if this has anything to do with what you are talking about.
Teva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1871 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1454 times:
A300 and 310 have a red light on the door , just above the handle.
It is part of the F/A duties to check it . If light is on, aircraft is pressurized.
FedexIndy, I never heard about this.
As far as I know:
- You cannot operate main cargo door at the same time as any of the belly doors, because they are all on the same hydraulic system, and there would be insufficient pressure (in the hydraulics)
- Aft bulk is alwways the last one closed. It is always kept open as long as possible for last minute freight.
Hope this helps.
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